deposit of $300 required 60 days before start of tour date to hold your spot, non-refundable after
final payment due 60 days before start or tour date; refunded only if a replacement guest is booked.
all transporation*, Hotels and Breakfast inclusive
***Includes a welcome reception, Argentinian Asado bbq, a four course wine and food pairing lunch with Sommelier, over 7 wineries (schd permitting) exclusive tastings with premiere wines. **Horse backing riding through the vineyards to a boutique award winning winery with gourmet lunch.
*pre-scheduled transfers for flight arrival into MDZ.
Terms and Conditions
**some subsitutions may be scheduled according to availablity of locations, events and seasonal adjustments. Everyone who attends a Wine Flights Travel Tour is required to sign a liability release form. Deposit and final balance paid within 60 days of start of tour are NON REFUNDABLE. (pre payments are required months in advance to secure hotel rooms and tours.)
Travel insurance is highly recommended.
*see Travel Tips under Wine Touring 101 for more info and several insurance companies that offer good plans.
Transfer from MDZ to our beautiful Jardin de Casa Glebinias and settle in until we meet for a very special evening reception and wine tasting to celebrate World Malbec Day in the Casa's own wine cellar.
A traditional asado bbq with extraordinary Argentine meats and gourmet side dishes follows with select wines of the house! Arrival beverage and Dinner included.
We will have a fabulous day of wine tastings at some of the best of Luján de Cuyo boutique family owned wineries (bodegas), followed by a gourmet four course wine & food pairing lunch at the famed Casa "El Enemigo" Vigil in Maipú, and a tour of their cellars. Return to the hotel for a free evening to explore the local area.
Breakfast, Lunch included.
Today we travel to the Uco Valley to visit some of the most exclusive and leading wine makers of Argentina. Award wining wines and gorgeous architecture awaits our private tours and tastings. A fabulous gourmet wine and food pairing lunch at Andeluna winery follows a tour and tasting through their cellars. We arrive back at our Casa late afternoon for a well deserved Siesta !!
Breakfast, Lunch included
Today we will go Horseback riding through the vineyards! Our gaucho lead group will traverse some beautiful countryside with the Andes as our backdrop. We will stop at our favorite family owned and operated boutique winery for an exclusive tour followed by a gourmet lunch in their winery bistro. Don't worry, for those of you not up for an Argentinian horseback tour, we will transport you by car to the winery and back!! Breakfast and Lunch included
Today is a free day to explore some of the wineries, museums or small villages we won't be covering in the tour. Recommendations and reservations, transportation can be arranged through our wonderful travel desk managers at the hotel. In the evening we will have a farewell garden reception to celebrate new friendships and shared memories from the tour. Breakfast included
Today we bid good-bye to our wonderful friends and Argentine Hosts! Transportation back to MDZ for flights back home or to join our Chilean Wine, Food and Cultural tour starting April 22nd..
As with most of Argentina’s history, the story of its wine industry is a fascinating one, and a history that is so new, it’s almost as if we are still watching the dust settle on this storm which brought us the South American wine industry as we know it.
Several decades ago, Argentinians were drinking an average of 22 gallons of wine per person each year. At the same time, Americans were drinking an average of 1-2 gallons per person per year. Imports to the US? Almost nonexistent. How things have changed. Argentinians now consume 10 gallons of wine per year (a significant decrease from the 22 gallons per person per year just a few decades ago!) while American consumption has risen to roughly 2.5 liters per person per year.
What sparked this change and brought Argentine wines to the tables of Americans? Several fascinating cultural, historical and economic factors (which any winemaker from a bodega in Mendoza will enjoy sharing with you, if you just ask).
Vines made their way to Argentina via four different routes, but the most commonly-told story is that Argentine wine-making began in the later half of the 16th century when Spanish missionaries and conquistadors brought vines with them from Spain. Some of these vines ended up in Peru, Chile, and the United States. Thankfully for wine lovers, some also ended up in Argentina. Although wine production with these vines was high, the wines were far from spectacular; the most popular varietal, Criolla, produced a very crude wine, yet this grape served as the foundation for the South American wine industry for over 300 years.
The wines of today’s Argentina are a far cry from the crude wines of the past. What happened? And why the sudden change? Surprisingly, we have Argentina’s neighbor, Chile, to thank for this explosion in the production of quality Argentine wines.
Before Argentina experienced a rapid change in their quality of wines, Chile had given their wine industry an overhaul. Using wine-making and grape-growing technology from the United States (sometimes working with U.S. winemakers on this endeavor), Chilean winemakers re-crafted their wines to meet the palates of the American and English markets and began exporting them, with incredible success. Recognizing their own country’s potential for producing great wines, Argentine bodegas (wineries) decided to do the same. As with everything in life, timing is key: this decision by Argentine winemakers to craft wines for export happened at a time when Argentina–plagued with political unrest, military dictatorship, and a desperate need for foreign currency–desired to grow its exports. Producing higher quality wines was a key step in this process.
From there, the industry snowballed. European and American companies began investing, resulting in better wine-making and grape-growing technology, consultants to aid in wine production, and eventually, higher quality wines. Argentine wines began winning the accolades they deserved, and people began recognizing Argentine wines as quality productions. Consumption increased, sales soared, and we all drank happily ever after.
**info from Sedimentality.com